What to do...
We are fortunate to be located in one of South Africa's most beautiful regions. On our doorstep we have a number of stunning waterfalls (there are more waterfalls here than in any other part of southern Africa), as well as many scenic views of the awe-inspiring Blyde River (Motlatse) Canyon.
Click on the interactive map below for more information on many of the sites that are on offer in the area. The indicated distances in km are calculated from our guest farm.
There are also many other exciting activities to explore around us. For information on some of the more popular activities please see our 'Links' page.
Pinnacle Rock (9km)
The Pinnacle Rock, a tower-like freestanding quartzite buttress which rises 30m above the dense indigenous forest. To the right of the Pinnacle Rock is the first of eight small waterfalls in the Ngwaritsane stream.
God's Window (14km)
God's Window provides a panoramic view of the Lowveld (and the Kruger National Park and Mozambique in the distance) from a 900m high vantage point. There is a footpath along the edge of the escarpment that leads to various viewing sites and a fantastic hike through the natural rain forest.
Wonder View (16km)
Wonder View is about 2km north of God's Window. At an altitude of 1,730m this is the highest viewpoint in the area. No walking is necessary as the viewpoint is right next to the road.
Bourke's Luck Potholes (40km)
This natural water feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.
The Potholes were named after a gold digger, Tom Bourke, who staked a claim nearby. Although his claim did not produce a single ounce of gold, he correctly predicted that large gold deposits would be found in the area.
Three Rondavels (57km)
The word "Rondavel" is a South African word that refers to a round hut-like dwelling (usually with a thatched roof). The three well known gigantic peaks of quartzite and shale with their sheer rock walls tower more than 700 m above the surrounding landscape. These peaks are named after the three most troublesome wives of Chief Maripi Mashile - they are (from left to right) Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maseroto.
Pilgrim's Rest (10km)
Pilgrim’s Rest is a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa which has been declared a national monument.
After it was officially declared a gold field in September 1873, the town suddenly grew to 1,500 inhabitants searching for alluvial gold. Towards the end of the 19th century claims were bought up and underground mining started by the company known as TGME.
Mining was closed down in 1971 and the village sold to the government as a national museum. Transvaal Gold Minings Estates, currently part of the listed Simmers and Jack, started gold mining again in 1998. The town’s original architecture remains largely unchanged since then, because the town was declared a National Monument in 1986.
A few minutes drive down the road is our local town of Graskop, a popular tourist destination that is renowned for its pancake bars and curio shops.
Berlin Falls (16km)
The Berlin Falls are on the Sabine River and fall 80 metres (260 ft) into a circular basin flanked by red cliffs. The falls are said to represent the shape of a candle, with the first short drop being the wick, and the remaining, broader drop being the candle body.
Lisbon Falls (15km)
You'll find the dramatic Lisbon Falls, the highest (95 metres) in South Africa, just to the north of Graskop.
If you're feeling fit, complete your experience of the Lisbon Falls with a climb down to the bottom of the gorge. Because the path down to the gorge is not a proper trail it's a challenging descent (not for children) and will take you an hour or so, but when you reach the bottom you'll be refreshed and rejuvenated by the sound of the rushing water as it plunges down into the deep emerald green pool.
Mac Mac Falls (11km)
Although the Mac Mac Falls (65km) are named for the Scottish miners who sought their fortune by panning for gold here during the heady days of the 1870s gold rush, they themselves didn’t come up with the name. Apparently President Thomas Burger was visiting the area in 1873 and was struck by how many of the miners' names began with 'Mac'. On the spot, he named the area Mac Mac – a name that has survived to this day. You'll find the name on many of the nearby tombstones.
The viewing platform at the Mac Mac falls is restricted by wire mesh, but you’ll still get a great view of the two cascades.
Mac Mac Pools (12km)
Mac Mac Pools is truly one of a kind. Situated just 2km from the stunning Mac-Mac Falls, this charming site gets its name from clusters of shallow pools.
The pools are crystal clear and ideal for soothing swim after an invigorating day of hiking. Mac Mac Pools is blessed with rich vegetation and the tranquility of this little sanctuary is broken only by the soft melody of fluttering birds and the gentle swirling waters lapping at the banks.
The picnic sites in this area are a pleasant addition. Now you can enjoy a day of fun in the sun and opt for a intimate laid back lunch or choose the braai facilities and grill your favourite meat. What better way to relax and unwind than amidst natures finest? The secretary bird nature walk (3 km) also starts here.
Forest Falls (8km)
Although you cannot drive there, an easy 7km circular walk will take you through fragrant pine forests to the falls and back - the only waterfall in the area that is wider (20 meters) than what it is high.
Maria Shires Falls (8km)
The Maria Shires Falls is named after the mother of Joseph Brook Shires who planted the first commercial trees in the area.
Although one of the smaller falls in the area, it has its own charm and tranquility.
Echo Caves (83km)
This underground wonderland was stumbled upon in 1923 by the owner of the farm called Klipfonteinhoek when he was searching for a source of water. Great was his surprise when he realised that some of his cattle had already mysteriously disappeared into the cave.
After exploring the cave it was soon realised that this dark underworld carried with it the most beautiful gems of nature. After the completion of the Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel in 1959 the cave was opened as a tourist attraction.
Later the cave was declared a National Monument.. The name Echo was given to the cave, as a certain stalactite formation produces a distinctive echoing sound when tapped on. This echo can still be heard on the outside of the cave today. More information here...
Kruger National Park (55km – Phabeni Gate)
The flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is nearly 2 million hectares of natural habitat that is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
Apart from the Big 5 (buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard and elephant) there is also a rich history of human interaction from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela. More information...